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Our log cabins and summerhouses offer excellent value and quality. Even more than a place to sit on sunny days, they’re a fantastic way to extend your living space and increase the value of your property. Add a power supply and it could also be your home office, somewhere to entertain or cosy accommodation for your guests.

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Plan your project

Size

To get a good idea of how your log cabin or summerhouse will look in the space you’ve decided upon, mark out the measurements on the ground with some string and pegs. This will make it easier to visualise. As well as thinking about the outside space, consider the inside space and what you will be using it for to ensure there’s enough room for any furniture you require. Also, make sure you have enough space for access around the cabin if you need it and check that the roof won’t be obstructed by any branches.

Location

There are a few factors to consider that might affect your location:

Planning permission

Many of our compact log cabins and summerhouses may not require planning permission, however, always check with your local council that your proposed outbuilding complies with local planning regulations as permission may be needed depending on the location, size and proposed usage. Outbuildings are considered to be permitted development, not needing planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:

  • No outbuilding on land forward of a wall forming the principal elevation
  • Outbuildings and garages to be single storey with maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and maximum overall height of four metres with a dual pitched roof or three metres for any other roof
  • Maximum height of 2.5 metres in the case of a building, enclosure or container within two metres of a boundary of the curtilage of the dwellinghouse
  • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms
  • No more than half the area of land around the “original house”* would be covered by additions or other buildings
  • In National Parks, the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Sites the maximum area to be covered by buildings, enclosures, containers and pools more than 20 metres from house to be limited to 10 square metres
  • On designated land** buildings, enclosures, containers and pools at the side of properties will require planning permission
  • Within the curtilage of listed buildings any outbuilding will require planning permission
*The term "original house" means the house as it was first built or as it stood on 1 July 1948 (if it was built before that date). Although you may not have built an extension to the house, a previous owner may have done so.
**Designated land includes national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites.

For more information visit the government website.

Usage

What exactly are you going to be using it for? If you’re using it for relaxing, you’ll want to find a location that maximises sunlight through the doors and windows. However, if you’re using it as an office you may want to position it to minimise glare.

Amenities

A power supply to your log cabin will expand its use dramatically so is worth considering if you have a choice in positioning it. Don’t forget to factor the cost of this and the logistics of where the power will be coming from as this may affect the location. Internet access and phone reception in your chosen location is also worth checking before you build. Speak to a qualified electrician before you start and always get a power supply installed by a qualified electrician.

Slopes

Whilst you can build level foundations on any slope, it will always be cheaper to find a location that is fairly flat. Sometimes this is unavoidable but it’s worth giving it some consideration.

Get the exact look you want

Supplied unpainted, our log cabins and summerhouses are ready for your choice of paint or stain. You can preserve the natural wood colour or transform the overall look with paint colours. Painting the interior in a light, neutral colour will make the inside space look bigger. You can mix your own by adding Cuprinol Shades White Daisy to the paint you used for the outside and you can use a decking treatment for the floor.

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A light-coloured building in a small garden (perhaps one that your house overlooks) can reflect light and make your space appear bigger.

Maintenance

Although they are low maintenance, regular treatment with a suitable wood preservative or paint will keep them looking great and our log cabins come with a 10 year anti-rot guarantee.

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Do I need a concrete base?

All of our log cabins and summerhouses come with strong floors that are built to last. These are designed to sit on timber bearers. As long as the timber bearers are supported on paving slabs the whole area does not need to be paved or concreted. It’s a good idea to lift grass from the area if turfed, position slabs under the bearers and fill the spaces in between with gravel. You could lay a membrane under the slabs and gravel as an added precaution.

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Log cabin ideas

Delivered free of charge with all fittings and instructions needed, our models come with pressure-treated floor bearers and tongue and groove logs to ensure a weatherproof, draft-free finish.

Choosing your log cabin depends on your available space and budget. If you have a choice of two cabins or more, choose the larger size. A spacious log cabin will add value to your home and bigger cabins have thicker walls, offering more insulation. This makes it a more usable space throughout the year and they also have the advantage of more internal height.

Shire Barnsdale Log Cabin

The Shire Barnsdale log cabin is ideal for storage or leisure. Not only is this cabin a stylish addition to your garden but its compact size makes it perfect for personalising with our colour range.

Barnsdale Log Cabin
  • 7ft x 7ft
  • 19mm wall thickness
  • Fits neatly into small & large gardens
  • Double glazed doors & side casement windows
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Shire Clipstone Log Cabin

The Shire Clipstone log cabin boasts a generous floor area and height plus thicker walls mean improved insulation. This not only makes it ideal for a garden retreat but also a perfect space for a home office, hobby room or even your own personal gym. Keep it in natural wood or paint with a light colour to accentuate the feeling of space.

Clipstone Log Cabin
  • 12ft x 10ft
  • 28mm wall thickness
  • Extra secure with double lockable doors
  • Well-suited to larger gardens but can fit neatly into smaller gardens with less impact than a home extension & for considerably less cost
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Shire New Forest Log Cabin

The Shire New Forest log cabin is versatile and luxurious. Beautifully designed with a charming recessed porch, it offers shelter and shade as well as a great spot to relax. Internally, it’s divided into two rooms which offers you so much choice: guest bedroom, study, workshop, storage – the possibilities are endless. This cabin would make a wonderful addition to larger gardens and spaces where it could be your very own holiday home.

Shire New Forest Log Cabin
  • 12ft x 20ft
  • Two rooms
  • Covered porch
  • 44mm wall thickness for exceptional insulation, making it usable all year round
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Summerhouse ideas

All of our summerhouses are made from FSC pine and spruce, meaning from responsibly sourced plantation timber of the best quality. Strong frames are covered in tongue and groove cladding that will not warp and leave gaps. Plus, quality joinery glazed windows and doors constructed to give you the best views of your garden.

Our summerhouses are delivered for free and come with all the galvanised, rustproof hardware needed for assembly. A roof overhang over the front of each summerhouse gives extra shelter, meaning you can still enjoy the space with the doors open even when it's raining.

Haddon Summerhouse

This Haddon summerhouse is a compact garden building, making it ideal for personalising inside and out with our colour range. No side windows makes it ideal for areas surrounded by planting or positioned against a wall or fence.

Haddon Summerhouse
  • 7ft x 5ft
  • 34mm wall thickness
  • Fits neatly into small & large gardens
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Buckingham Summerhouse

Our Buckingham summerhouse boasts full-length windows at the front and on the sides, perfect for wide-angled views of the garden. Its stylish, waved fascia adds to the character, making this a wonderful choice to open onto a terrace or a lawn.

Buckingham Summerhouse
  • 7ft x 7ft
  • 34mm wall thickness
  • Generous floor area
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Milton Summerhouse

The Milton summerhouse not only offers greater width but also a little more height, making the interior more versatile and useable. Partner it with grey paving and stylish architectural planting and the whole space will look bigger and more sophisticated.

Milton Summerhouse
  • 8ft x 6ft
  • 34mm wall thickness
  • Impressive frontage featuring side windows & wide glazed doors with windows to each side
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The Milton summerhouse not only offers greater width but also a little more height, making the interior more versatile and useable. Partner it with grey paving and stylish architectural planting and the whole space will look bigger and more sophisticated.

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